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Driver gets 6 years in sidewalk killing

The driver involved with a sidewalk-killing-hit-and-run that spurred the victim’s father to get “Joey’s Law” enacted has been sentenced to 6 years prison plus some probation. “Police say (Laura) Flanders drove onto the sidewalk and hit 18-year-old Joey Romero while he was walking home from work in October 2010″ [abc15].  Seriously, how often does this happen? Continue reading Driver gets 6 years in sidewalk killing

It’s like a war zone out there…

Walk in the crosswalk; get hit with flying debris from a red-light-runner? Seriously, how often does this happen? (note to self — check ASDM for 2013, whenever that becomes available, and see if the peds show up in the collision — my guess is no but i really don’t know what the story is)

azcentral.com: …At about 9a.m. Sunday (3/10/2013), Kaylynn Ruth Kayanie, 25, was driving west on Broadway “at a high rate of speed” when she ran a red light and struck another vehicle that was traveling south on Priest Drive… The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 45-year-old woman, was ejected and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries…  Two pedestrians who were in the crosswalk heading south on Priest at the time of the collision were hit by flying debris and taken to the hospital, where they were treated for cuts and bruises and released the same day, she said. Impairment does appear to be a factor in that case and investigators are awaiting drug-test results

The same story notes that the suspected impaired driver Veronica Muckerman made a bad left, killing a motorcyclist Elsa Tovar last week; was apparently driving without a license, due to being revoked in 2011 for another dui.

Standin’ on the corner

Woman standing on the sidewalk at an intersection gets hit by a red light runner. Seriously, how often does this happen?

By Chris Cole
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:50 PM
A woman holding a child while standing on a street corner was hit by a car in Glendale Tuesday following a vehicle collision, authorities said. The driver of a car heading west on Camelback Road ran a red light and struck another car going north on 75th Avenue. The first car then hit a woman, who was standing on a corner holding a child, before driving into a canal, said Sgt. Brent Coombs, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department. …more

 

Seriously, how often does this happen?

[ There was an Oct 2015 Court of Appeals ruling against Nissley ]

[ THE OUTCOME: Nissley trial began mid-August and was in Day 14 as of 9/13/2012 “Chester Flaxmayer is sworn and testifies” Case minutes. Some news coverage on the trial: Man using diabetes defense in trial; Man in pedestrian’s death was on meth, prosecutor says
The EIGHTEEN DAY trial wrapped up on 9/20/2012 (sounds mighty expensive!) The trial lawyer was Lawrence Kazan,   the lawyer whom AZRepublic columnist Laurie Roberts refers to as “the Valley’s go-to attorney for bad drivers – the ones who can afford him, that is”.
Verdict: guilty of manslaugther and several other ancillary charges. The jury also found aggravating factors for all the charges; one of them being he “used a dangerous instrument, his car, in the commission of a crime”.  Paradise Valley man who claimed diabetes in fatal crash guilty. ]


It’s an usually warm early November afternoon. You’re strolling down a lovely sidewalk in Paradise Valley, AZ when suddenly, BAM, you’re dead.

(see more and other Are Cars Dangerous? stories).

Head-on collision in Paradise Valley leaves pedestrian dead
by Lauren Worthington – Nov. 3, 2010 11:40 AM
The Arizona Republic

A pedestrian is dead and five people are in the hospital after a head-on collision in Paradise Valley. The pedestrian has been identified as [plastic surgeon and ‘top doc’]]Richard Pavese, 62, of Phoenix, police said Wednesday. About 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Patrick Nissley, 25, of Paradise Valley was traveling north in the southbound lane of Invergordon Road near East Vista Drive when he struck the corner of a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. Nissley’s car, a white 2009 BMW, glanced off the Lincoln Town Car and drove over the sidewalk, hitting and killing a pedestrian, Paradise Valley police spokesman Alan Laitsch said. The driver of the Lincoln Town Car, Craig Lesman, 42, of Phoenix, and his passengers — a 61-year-old man and two women, ages 62 and 70 — were transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Nissley was transported to an area hospital in serious condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Continue reading Seriously, how often does this happen?

Another driver jumps curb in Phoenx; sends ped to the hospital

Seriously? Seriously how often does this happen? — apparently with alarming regularity. In June a man was killed as he stepped foot outside the front door of a Sun City CVS by an out-of-control driver. Rene Karlin was killed last August while jogging in her Ahwatukee neighborhood when a driver jumped the curb. Drivers routinely mount the curb nearby my neighborhood after losing control and knocking down walls. Randy and Doris Bjerken were both killed walking on a Scottsdale sidewalk  in May of last year as an SUV jumps the curb and wipes them out. In November of 2010, gifted plastic-surgeon and “top-doc” Richard Parvese was killed while walking on the sidewalk near his home in Paradise Valley…. I could go on. This is just a roundup of a handful of egregious incidents from the past year or two, and just the ones i know about; I’m sure there are many more, just around the Phoenix area.

From AZcentral 8/12/2012:

A 32-year-old man was hospitalized Sunday [8/12/2012] morning after being struck by an impaired driver. David Kerhoulas, 25, was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail for Aggravated Assault and Endangerment, about 10:20 a.m., Sunday. Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said Kerhoulas hit a man after driving over a curb and onto a sidewalk, near the 11000 block of North 7th Street, at about 7 a.m. He also nearly hit another pedestrian, Crump said. It is unknown how the driver was impaired. “The actual drug will be determined by blood or alcohol testing which can take some time,” Crump said. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Do all Crashes “Count”?

sigh. File this under seriously how often does this happen, and ‘are cars dangerous’?

A man steps out the front door of his local CVS and gets mowed down on the sidewalk. Dead. One of the news reports said police believe the un-named female driver mixed up the gas and brake pedals. oops.

69-year-old man hit, killed by car in Sun City CVS parking lot

by Jane Lednovich – Jun. 27, 2012 10:07 AM The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

A 69-year-old man was pronounced dead after he was struck by a car Wednesday morning in Sun City, a Sheriff’s Office official said.
The four-door sedan was making a U-turn in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy near 107th Avenue and Bell Road about 8 a.m., authorities said.
The car drove onto the curb in front of the store and ran over the man, pinning him under the front wheel of the car, Maricopa County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Brandon Jones said.
The sedan hit a parked car after striking the man, Jones said. Firefighters used airbags to lift the sedan and get the man out, but paramedics were unable to revive him, Jones said.
Witnesses told authorities the man was unresponsive while he was trapped under the car. It is unclear how long he was trapped. The CVS store is closed while officials investigate the scene, Jones said.

yourwestvalley.com has a picture showing the silver car that struck the ped at rest on the sidewalk; along with a red car that was also struck.

SUN CITY, AZ (CBS5) – A man has been killed after he was hit by a car while walking out a CVS pharmacy in Sun City, according to authorities. Sgt. Brandon Jones with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said preliminary reports are that a woman driving a tan vehicle was heading eastbound in the parking lot Wednesday morning when she decided to make a U-Turn and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes, causing the car to accelerate. The vehicle ran over a 69-year-old man and hit a red car parked in the lot. Jones said officers found the man trapped under the tan vehicle about 20 feet from the front doors of the CVS. Once the man was pulled from under the vehicle, he was pronounced dead. The driver of the red car was not hurt. Jones said the driver of the tan vehicle has not been charged at this point. Investigators said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Reporting Motor Vehicle crashes

There are a bunch of rules about when traffic crashes must be reported. This bears on how collision and injuries get measured and reported for statistical purposes.

Arizona Statutes

There are statutes that spell out, at a minimum, what all law enforcement agencies in Arizona must report on, reports must be filed with “the Department” (i.e. ADOT). ADOT then collates and tablulates this data — see adot-traffic-collision-database. Somehow or other ADOT forwards this the feds for national statistical purposes, for example, in the case of fatalities see FARS.

ARS §28-667 Written accident report; definition says that any “law enforcement officer or public employee who, in the regular course of duty, investigates a motor vehicle accident resulting in bodily injury, death or damage to the property of any person in excess of one thousand dollars or the issuance of a citation shall complete a written report of the accident” (667A) and that the agency employing the officer  “Shall immediately forward a copy of the report to the department of transportation for its use” (667C5). Continue reading Do all Crashes “Count”?

They Drive among Us

 

photo: AFN
photo: AFN

Story and pic from the Ahwatukee Foothill News.  Note that this turn the driver inexplicably failed to execute has an enormous radius. I note that police are unsure if any of this is illegal, how about “failure to control”? :

Car lands on Lakewood fountain, Doug Murphy, 2010-04-12 (that date seems wrong)

A crash Saturday afternoon stopped traffic when a crane was brought in to remove the vehicle off the fountain at the entrance to the Lakewood area….

“It appears she was going to make a turn on 38thStreet and apparently her speed was too fast, or she got distracted, but whatever the reason, she missed the turn,” said Sgt. Bryant Rockwood….

Rockwood said that there were no signs of impairment and that officers were still investigating the incident. He said it wasn’t clear if a citation had or will be issued.

That’s some mighty bad driving. Note that the police didn’t release the driver’s name, so there’s no obvious way to look up court records to find out if a citation was issued.


 

This one seems to fit the “they drive among us” category; though it’s just a run-of-the-mill case of pedal (brake-gas) confusion: View the shocking surveillance footage from a Publix supermarket in Florida — came through that door like a shot! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h14UNm6yaWM. News report  nydailynews.com:

Florida police have released a shocking video showing a 76-year-old woman crashing through a supermarket with her car and plowing into shoppers.

Thelma Wagenhoffer, of Palm coast, injured ten people on Saturday afternoon — including a couple in their 80’s and a 3-month-old baby — when her 2004 Toyota Camry smashed through the glass entrance of a Publix market and tore through the store for some 50 feet.

Video of the horrific crash was posted on The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s website.

“When you see the video you realize it’s a miracle no one got killed,” Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Jerry Crews told the newspaper.

Three people, including Lupo Mario Hernandez, 83, who was pinned beneath the car, and his wife Maria Hernandez, 81, were seriously injured and recovering in hospitals in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, according to the News-Journal.

The other injured were either treated or released over the weekend or walked away with minor injuries.

Lasaunda Hampton, 33, and her 3-month-old son, Tyshawn Davis, who was in a stroller, were among the first people struck by Wagenhoffer’s car.

In the video, they can be seen siting on a bench next to the entrance’s sliding glass door when the car suddenly comes barreling into view.

In an instant, the victims vanish, a trail of debris and wreckage left in the car’s wake.

“She just pushed everybody out the way like bowling pins,” Hampton told the News-Journal.

Hampton suffered injuries to her legs and had glass in her feet. The toddler escaped with just a bump on his head.

“It was like a little angel was watching over him,” she said.

Wagenhoffer, who was not injured, was charged with careless driving on Tuesday.

Florida police found no malfunction in the car that would have caused the crash.

Loop wall down, loop wall down!

12/29/2011: A wrapped (i couldn’t quite read what it said?) pickup pulling a trailer apparently lost control and (of course) drove over the sidewalk and knocked down a wall on the Warner-Elliot loop near Nambe Street. Here is the ahwatukee.com story; following their pattern, police didn’t identify the driver saying only he was a man in this 60s.

This is less than a mile away from the site where a driver lost control and iced a jogger, Rene Karlin, on the sidewalk back in August. Whatever happened to that investigation of the un-named driver? Why is the driver un-named? Nobody bothers to report. Nor did police bother to release the name of the elderly driver who drove into Lakewood’s fountain last year.

For some more wall knockings down see here, very popular pass-time.

In other news, I usually consider residential streets pretty calm and serene, and they usually are — then there was this parked car that got whacked on Desert Broom Way just two-door away from my house on (i guess the early morning hours of) 12/28/2011… It got hit really hard, though it’s not apparent from this pic, besides the obvious side-swipe damage, the rear wheel was pushed way ahead and the tire flattened; this car is going to need a LOT of work to get it right.

And while I’m on the subject, here’s a pic of a car I discovered abandoned a couple of weeks ago that had run off of Ray Road, crossed the sidewalk, and landed in the bushes. It must have been going pretty fast becasue jumping the curb flattened all of its tires. Sheesh. I imagine it was stolen.

 

Newer Wall-down story from early 2013

This was on Kachina in Ahwatukee/Phoenix. Their neighborhood is hoping to get speed bumps added as of early March, see slowdownonkachina.org
KPHO5 story: Feb 25, 2013 Teens crash into block wall in Ahwatukee; Police are investigating after three high schoolers who allegedly spent the morning drinking off campus plowed a car through a block wall in an Ahwatukee neighborhood… Wagner told us the driver was arrested at the scene for DUI but none of the teens were hurt.

Another Ray Road Wreck in Ahwatukee

Westbound, single-vehicle, presumably one or more fatalities occurred Sept 24, 2011 early morning hours. The vehicle was apparently going way too fast, lost control and smashed into some trees in the median. I didn’t see any skids. The palm tree got decapitated, and a smaller tree was snapped off (you can see the original trees in the google maps streetview, below). The picture barely shows the twisted wreckage. The cops were keeping people way way way away. To the extent one wonders what was trying to be hidden? I was told I “can’t” take a picture. Weird.

google maps view of the vicinity; E. Ray Road about mid-way between 33rd and 34th St.

News Report

Press coverage was brief; e.g. az rep piece that appears to have been drawn from a police statement:

One woman was killed early Saturday morning after her car crashed into a palm tree, Phoenix police said. The crash occurred just before 2 a.m. Saturday near E. Ray Road and 33rd Street, said Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson. The victim, 28-year-old Nicole Johnson, was driving at high speeds when she entered the center median and collided with the tree, Thompson said. She was taken to a local hospital where she died as a result of her injuries, he said. Police said Johnson was the only occupant in the single-vehicle collision, and it is unknown at this time if impairment was a factor.

The KPHO piece is very similar, but mentions the model of vehicle was 2007 Mitubishi Eclipse.

 

The Walls Continue to Keep Tumbling Down

This area is the scene of many wall-knockings-down. There were two I know of in broad daylight within this past year. Here is a pic of one in the east 3200 block from March 2011. Less than a month before that, another careless driver knocked down a wall exactly 2 blocks west of here, that time at 34th Street.

These are the result of extreme negligence, and it’s only by happenstance that no one gets killed. The broad sidewalk and shoulder attracts all manner of pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers and bicyclists.

I haven’t seen the Phoenix Police Department doing any speed enforcement here in ages. Years. Don’t they love us?

… update: on Sept 30, there was a motorcycle unit monitoring speed at 32nd Street and Ray at ~ 7:30 AM (which, by the way, is when traffic is pretty heavy, and it seems to me, less likely to be speeding.